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Could a stroke make my vision blurry?

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One of the key signs that you’re having a stroke is a sudden, painless change in eyesight. You might have blurry or double vision. Call 911 right away if you have either of these changes and other stroke warning signs, such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Face drooping
  • Loss of balance
  • Slurred speech or other problems speaking clearly
  • Weakness or numbness in one arm

From: Why Is My Vision Blurry? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Optometric Association: “Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “Facts About Uveitis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Psoriasis.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Visual Aura: What it Is and Isn’t.”

American Cancer Society: “Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Visual Problems,” “MS Overview,” “What are the Symptoms of MS?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Vision Changes,” “What is Parkinson’s Disease?”

Preeclampsia Foundation: “About Preeclampsia,” “Signs & Symptoms.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Treatment Guide: Stroke Care Cerebrovascular Center.”

American Stroke Association: “Spot a Stroke.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Optometric Association: “Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “Facts About Uveitis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Psoriasis.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Visual Aura: What it Is and Isn’t.”

American Cancer Society: “Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Visual Problems,” “MS Overview,” “What are the Symptoms of MS?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Vision Changes,” “What is Parkinson’s Disease?”

Preeclampsia Foundation: “About Preeclampsia,” “Signs & Symptoms.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Treatment Guide: Stroke Care Cerebrovascular Center.”

American Stroke Association: “Spot a Stroke.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

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